Cyprus Mail

Dog shelter still in dire straits

Just before the flooding began

By Jean Christou
The Happy Hounds shelter in Limassol is still desperate for assistance after being flooded on Monday.
According to the shelter’s Elpida Chrysostomou the premises is a disaster area with all of the outside housing for the dogs destroyed. Although the rain has stopped, she said, it is still freezing and they do not have enough room inside to shelter all of the dogs.
Happy Hounds was housing around 170 dogs and after their initial plea for urgent assistance, 20 of the animals have been fostered out temporarily but that still leaves 150 dogs that need help.
“The outside pens have been destroyed,” Chrysostomou told the Cyprus Mail on Thursday. “We do not have enough space inside for all of the dogs.”
Chrysostomou said worse still, she was receiving an increased number of calls to take in more dogs that people found abandoned during the bad weather. “For the first time in our history we have had to say no,” she said, adding that bringing any dog to the shelter at the moment was no different than leaving it on the street as they could not care for them. “We have never said no before,” she added.
Chrysostomou said the Animal Party and the Green Party were trying to help by collecting food and blankets and other items but it was going to be a matter of rebuilding the outside pens, she said. Many people “people we didn’t even know” had also gone to help on Monday when they had to move the dogs lest they drowned. The shelter could only be reached by 4X4 vehicles.
There was some suggestion that the Green Party might be able to push the interior ministry for some flood compensation for the shelter but Chrysostomou said that by the time anything might come of it, months would have passed. She said they had already contacted the government themselves but had no response. “We are desperate,” said Chrysostomou, who spoke of a possible fund-raising event in the next week or so.
Limassol resident Robert Cracknell who has been helping the shelter said he was meeting a representative from the Green party on Monday in the hopes of moving along the issue of flood compensation. He said there had been a tremendous response from the public. “But I am of the opinion the government must take responsibility for the damage,” he said.
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